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November 10, 2013

Persero revives rail route between Bogor and Sukabumi

Indonesian state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) has revived the 57km route between Bogor and Sukabumi in order to reduce heavy road traffic congestion between the two West Java towns.

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Indonesian state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) has revived the 57km route between Bogor and Sukabumi in order to reduce heavy road traffic congestion between the two West Java towns.

Persero has launched the new KA Pangrango train on the route, which was closed in December 2012 for operational reasons.

"I have seen the heavy congestion on the Bogor-Sukabumi highway and we are a bit late responding to that situation."

The revived route is expected to reduce travel distance between Bogor and Sukabumi from four hours to less than one-and-a-half hours.

Persero will use the CC204 locomotive, with a capacity to transport 368 passengers. Single route fare will be IDR35,000 ($3.07) for executive class, while IDR15,000 will be for AC economy.

Indonesia Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said to thejakartapost.com: "I have seen the heavy congestion on the Bogor-Sukabumi highway and we are a bit late responding to that situation."

Persero is also planning to revive the Sukabumi-Cianjur route in 2014 with repair work on the track currently ongoing and nearing completion.

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